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7 Awesome Places To Visit This Christmas Season

7 Awesome Places To Visit This Christmas Season

Canada

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    Christmas is not complete without snow, and Canada is ripe for snow all year round. That is why they play hockey so much. In a Canadian Christmas, you will be treated to a variety of fun activities in the snow, such as sledding, ice skating, and skiing.

    Canada did not fall out of the sky one day. It has an interesting origin. Find out about the French and British settlers that converged on Canada centuries ago to give this place its unique, quiet Canadian culture that we see today. They have great food too. Treat your tongue to many flavors of meat pies and grilled pheasant breast.

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    Dubai

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      Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates — a country in the Middle East. It lies in the desert, so you should carry bottles of water so that you do not dehydrate. There are mega size malls here filled with items from all over the world during the December holidays. Many classy events take place here in December, such as cultural festivals, fashion shows, film festivals, designer sales, and the annual Rugby sevens championships. If you are a people person and you love things, this is definitely the place for you this holiday season. It is a shopper’s paradise.

      New Zealand

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        New Zealand is a country in the South Pacific Ocean next to Australia. Sometimes you just want to spend Christmas away from the snow and bathe in the natural heat of the sun. New Zealand is the perfect place for such a getaway. While it is freezing cold in North America, it’ll be summer in New Zealand. There are many things to do in New Zealand. You could watch sperm whales plunge their enormous weights violently in the water, go hiking, or deep sea diving. You could set up bon fires and barbecues with your friends and family as the days wind down.

        Cambodia and Laos

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          Cambodia and Laos are located in Southeast Asia. The climate is hot and wet all year round. It would be the best place to escape the winter that graces many parts of the world in December. Laos has beautiful colonial towns. The countries are big and quite empty. They offer a good quiet holiday for married couples or small families that want to get away from the noise of cities. There are many species of birds to watch and plants to discover if you are a nature lover.

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          Indonesia

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            Indonesia is composed of many islands lying close together between Papua New Guinea and Thailand. In each one of these islands, you are surrounded by ancient temples and the sweet smell of incense. The flowers grow wild in the water, and the sunsets are so peaceful and divine. Indonesians have a thousand and one spices for their rice, noodles, and seafood. Sample them and find out how much they excite your taste buds. There are many surfing spots in exotic beaches with wild waves that surfers would love to challenge. Enjoy your surfing as you interact with friendly locals. Learn about the their culture and their way of life.

            Guatemala

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              Guatemala is a South American country bordering Mexico with a population of about 16.5 million people. The cultural heritage of Guatemala is a rich mix of Spanish settlers and Mayan traditions. You’ll learn a lot about the history of both if you go there. There are beautiful coastlines along the Pacific Ocean and impressive volcanic landscapes inland. Guatemala is warm all year round, no scorching heat to cause you ugly sun burns. You will love it!

              The Caribbean

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                The Caribbean are countries that surround the Caribbean Sea, such as Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. There are no beaches anywhere in the world that would match the perfection and splendor of those in the Caribbean. This place is a sunny paradise. The sands are blinding white, and the temperature of the water is just right. The waves dance lazily, and the sun smiles all the time. Along these beaches are ultra-modern restaurants, hotels, and villas that will take your breath away. You could order any food—Mexican, Spanish, African, or Chinese—name it, and you will have it on your table in a matter of minutes. The people here love to sing and dance. You will never want to go to sleep; nobody goes to sleep in the Caribbean. The nights are full of music, laughter, and partying.

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                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                4. Feed Your Brain

                Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                6. Write it Down

                If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                7. Listen to Music

                Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                8. Visual Concepts

                In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                9. Teach Someone Else

                Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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